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Roman Provincial Egypt, c. 81 - 249 A.D., Lot of 25 Bronze Drachms
NEW The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM: 1) Domitian, arch, RPC II 2728 2) Domitian, quadriga of elephants right, Milne 528 3) Trajan, Emperor in biga of Centaurs, Year 13 4) Trajan, Eleutheria reclining 5) Hadrian, Nilus reclining, crocodile before 6) Hadrian, bust of Sarapis 7) Hadrian, two standing figures 8) Antoninus Pius, Nilus reclining, Nilometer before, aF, obverse pitted, scarce 9) Antoninus Pius, Nilus reclining 10) Lucius Verus, Year 5, Nilus reclining right on river bank, Emmett 2153.5, aF 11) Philip I, Year 5, Homonoia standing left, aF, porous 12-18) Hadrian 19-22) Antoninus Pius 23-25) UncertainLT96185. Bronze Lot, Lot of 25 Roman provincial Egypt drachms, c. 30mm, c. 22g, Fair to aF, Alexandria mint, c. 81 - 249 A.D.; unattributed to type, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $450.00 (€414.00)
Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy IV Philopator, 221 - 204 B.C., Lot of 5 Bronze Drachms
NEW Ptolemy IV's surname Philopator means father lover, ironic since according to some authorities he poisoned his father. Ptolemy IV is a major protagonist of the apocryphal 3 Maccabees, which describes events following the Battle of Raphia, in both Jerusalem and Alexandria. He was a cruel and evil monarch.LT96150. Bronze Lot, 5 Ptolemy IV drachms, F, encrustations, corrosion, weight c. 44 g, maximum diameter c. 37 mm, Alexandria mint, 222 - 204 B.C.; obverse horned head of Zeus Ammon right, wearing taenia, reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King Ptolemy), eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head left, wings closed, filleted cornucopia left; ex Ora Eads Collection; unattributed to type, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $250.00 (€230.00)
Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, c. 310 - 30 B.C., Lot of 11 Coins
NEW The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM: 1) Ptolemy I, AE18, Paphos, cf. Svoronos 75, F, porous 2) Ptolemy II, AE26 (22.76g), Svoronos 449, F 3) Ptolemy IV, AE36 (50.0g), Svoronos 1148, VF 4) Ptolemy IV, AE36, cf. Svoronos 1142, aVF 5) Ptolemy VI and VIII, AE35, large horn variety, Svoronos 1423, F 6) Ptolemy VI and VIII, AE28, F 7) Ptolemy VIII(?) AE24, Isis right, Svoronos 1384, aVF 8) Ptolemy VIII, AE24, Year 34, Svoronos 1629, F 9) Ptolemy IX, AE18, Svoronos 1698 10) Cleopatra VII, billon tetradrachm (11.971g), year 18, aF 11) Cleopatra VII, AE26 diobol (17.81g), Svoronos 1871, Fair LT96151. Mixed Lot, Lot of 11 Ptolemaic coins, c. 310 - 30 B.C.; unattributed to type, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $440.00 (€404.80)
Carthage, Zeugitana, N. Africa, c. 410 - 310 B.C.
NEW At the height of its prominence, Carthage's influence extended over most of the western Mediterranean. Rivalry with Rome led to a series of conflicts, the Punic Wars. The Third Punic War ended in the complete destruction of the city, annexation by Rome of all Carthaginian territory, and the death or enslavement of the entire Carthaginian population.GS95983. Silver litra, Viola CNP 653; SNG Cop 8 74; SNG Mün 6 1612; SNG Lloyd II 1611; SNG Lockett 1033; SNG Ash 2153; Pozzi 3294; Müller Africa p. 92, 130; HGC 2 -, Choice VF, well centered, toned, porosity, weight 0.732 g, maximum diameter 9.1 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Sicilian mint, c. 410 - 310 B.C.; obverse palm tree with two hanging bunches of dates; reverse horse head right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; rare; $450.00 (€414.00)
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
In 127 A.D., Hadrian, acting on the advice of his proconsul of Asia, Gaius Minicius Fundanus, determined that Christians shall not be put to death without a trial.RX92542. Bronze obol, RPC Online III 5681; Geissen 961; Dattari 1915; Milne 1236; BMC Alexandria p. 104, 894; SNG Cop 337; Kampmann 32.436; Emmett 1149/11 (R1), aVF, partial green patina, obverse edge beveled, porous, many tiny edge splits, weight 5.184 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 126 - 28 Aug 127 A.D.; obverse AYT KAI TPAI A∆PIA CEB, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse two cornucopias, upright tops curving outward, overflowing with fruits, LIA (year 11) between; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $70.00 (€64.40)
Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Dikaiosyne is the Greek personification of justice and fair dealing. One of the most common reverse types of Alexandria, she always holds scales and a cornucopia.RX93103. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 3127; Dattari 5527; Milne 4521; SNG Cop 913; SNG Milan 2044; BMC Alexandria p. 313, 2412; Kampmann 112.7; Emmett 3979/2 (R1), VF, nice portrait and reverse style, well centered, flow lines, dark tone, porosity, die wear, weight 6.770 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 276 - 28 Aug 277 A.D.; obverse A K M AVP ΠPOBOC CEB, laureate bust right; reverse Dikaiosyne (Aequitas) standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, date LB (year 2) left; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $60.00 (€55.20)
Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
The Hemhem crown, also known as the triple Atef crown, was symbol of Pharaonic power and authority credited with magical abilities that would protect Egypt from any enemy. It originated during the 18th dynasty was first seen in an image of the pharaoh Akhenaten in a tomb at Amarna. A Hemhem crown is worn Tutankhamen on the back of the gilded throne discovered in his tomb. No examples of this type of crown are known to have survived.RX94981. Bronze dichalkon, Geissen 643; BMC Alexandria p. 68, 561; Milne 710; SNG Cop 265; SRCV II 3320; Kampmann 27.574; Emmett 707/7 (R5); Dattari -, VF, green patina, earthen deposits, bumps, marks, irregular flan shape. reverse edge beveled, weight 1.631 g, maximum diameter 13.2 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 113 - 28 Aug 114 A.D.; obverse no legend, laureate head right; reverse no legend, Hemhem crown, L I-Z (year 17) in lower field flanking ram horns; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $80.00 (€73.60)
Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Dikaiosyne is the Greek personification of justice and fair dealing. One of the most common reverse types of Alexandria, she always holds scales and a cornucopia.RX96896. Billon tetradrachm, RPC Online T10298; Geissen 2429; Dattari 4292; Milne 2951; Curtis 1059; SNG Cop 628; BMC Alexandria p. 208, 1617; Emmett 3096/5 (R1), Choice aVF, nice portrait, porosity, slightly off center, spots of corrosion on reverse edge, tiny edge cracks, weight 12.728 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 225 - 28 Aug 226 A.D.; obverse A KAI MAP AYP CEY AΛEΞAN∆POC EV, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse Dikaiosyne (Aequitas) standing slightly left, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, L E (year 5) upper left; $130.00 (€119.60)
Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
The Nilometer measured the height of the annual Nile flood. Sixteen cubits was considered the ideal height of the annual Nile flood. Less could mean drought or famine. Even in modern times, grand celebrations were held when the flood reached 16 cubits. In years when the flood failed to reach 16 cubits, the celebrations were canceled, and prayers and fasting were held instead. The peak flood occurred at the end of August, which explains why the Egyptian year began on 29 August.RX95862. Bronze drachm, RPC Online IV.4 T15735 (3 spec.); Dattari-Savio pl. 138, 2705bis var. (draped); Emmett 1613/10 (R5); Geissen -; Milne -; BMC Alexandria -; SNG Cop -, aF, well centered, light corrosion, obverse edge beveled, weight 20.203 g, maximum diameter 33.5 mm, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 146 - 28 Aug 147; obverse AYT K T AIΛ A∆P ANTWNINOC CEB EYC, laureate head right; reverse L ∆E-KATOY (year 10), Nike standing right, nude to the waist, left foot on helmet, inscribing NI/KH on an oval shield set on her left knee and a column before her; extremely rare; $350.00 (€322.00)
Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Isis was an Egyptian goddess, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. She was worshiped as the ideal mother, wife, matron of nature and magic. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, the downtrodden, as well as listening to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats and rulers. Isis is the Goddess of motherhood and fertility.RX95000. Bronze dichalkon, Dattari-Savio 1097, RPC Online III 4773, SNG Cop 259, Kampman 27.522, Emmett 710/- (year not listed), Geissen -, Milne -, BMC Alexandria -, VF, highlighting desert patina, off center on a tight flan, obverse edge beveled, weight 1.271 g, maximum diameter 13.1 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 112 - 28 Aug 113 A.D.; obverse no legend, laureate head right; reverse headdress of Isis (horns, uraeus, disk and plumes), L - Iς (year 16) in upper fields divided by feathers; from the Ray Nouri Collection; scarce; $50.00 (€46.00)
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